South Dakota state airplane

Gov. Kristi Noem delivers her annual budget address Dec. 6, 2022, at the Capitol in Pierre. (Makenzie Huber/SD Searchlight)

Effort to define ‘state business’ for aircraft use fails in committee

BY: - February 15, 2023

A committee of legislators rejected an attempt Wednesday at the Capitol in Pierre to define “state business” as it pertains to the use of state aircraft. Sen. Reynold Nesiba, D-Sioux Falls, brought the bill in response to a controversy over Republican Gov. Kristi Noem’s use of a state-owned airplane. Testifying to the Senate Transportation Committee, […]

Gov. Kristi Noem greeting her mother, Corrine Arnold, before giving a victory speech upon her re-election.

Ethics panel moves to subpoena DCI records on Noem’s state airplane use

BY: - November 14, 2022

A trio of retired judges voted on Monday to subpoena a Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) report on Gov. Kristi Noem’s use of state aircraft.  The Government Accountability Board (GAB) voted 3-0* in favor of the subpoena after meeting in a closed executive session to discuss complaint 2021-04, the numerical tag attached to the complaint […]